Both the objects you’ll see – the bentwood box and the canoe - are created from red cedar. Forests of red cedar trees are plentiful on the Northwest Coast of North America. The trees can grow to be 195 feet tall! The Northwest Coast Indian people use red cedar to make everything from baskets to clothing, so it’s no wonder that it’s called the "Tree of Life." The wood is soft and the grain is straight, which makes red cedar easy to steam, bend, and carve.

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